Grim crash toll as traffic peaks

2011-04-23 00:00

THE Maputo corridor leading to Mozambique through Mpumalanga carried the most traffic at the start of the Easter holidays.

Ashref Ismail, the premier manager and enforcement co-ordinator for the Road Traffic Management Corporation, said yesterdy the N4 to Nelspruit at peak recorded 3 310 cars per hour.

The N3 to Durban peaked at 2 500 cars per hour.

Zion Christian Church devotees en route to Moria pushed traffic flow on the N1 to Polokwane to 2 300 cars per hour.

The Huguenot tunnel to Cape Town on the N1 peaked at 1 815.

Traditionally, Thursday evening going into Easter Friday sees the busiest traffic flow.

Ismail said it is hard to predict what patterns traffic will follow because of the extended holidays going into next week.

By yesterday afternoon eight people had died in accidents on roads in KwaZulu-Natal, said Department of Transport provincial spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane.

In an accident near Kokstad three people died after the driver of the car they were in lost control and crashed.

Three other people were killed on the N2 near Nteleni in an accident involving a truck.

A 13-year-old boy died yesterday morning in a collision between two vehicles on the N3 about 40 km from Warden in the Free State.

In a later accident 10 km from Warden on the N3 , one person died and 17 others were injured when the bakkie they were in overturned.

Mpumalanga had the most fatalities in a single crash. Eleven people died when two minibus taxis collided head-on on the N4 near Ngodwana at the start of the Easter weekend.

To lessen fatalities on KZN roads this Easter, Ncalane said, law enforcement has been stepped up along provincial borders.

Officers are manning 24-hour roadblocks on hot spots identified from previous years’ statistics.

Joining forces with the Road Traffic Inspectorate at the roadblocks are officers from SA Police Force, metro police and customs officers of the SA Revenue Services, who will look out for stolen vehicles.

The Advanced Passenger Processing system yesterday recorded 34 064 inbound and outbound passengers at South African airports, Home Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said.

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